CSI investigates the death of a toddler who was left in a cardboard box in a parking lot. A registered sex offender who is wrongly accused threatens Catherine after the real cause of death is identified.


Kenneth Fink


Anthony E. Zuiker (created by), Evan Dunsky





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
William Petersen ... Gil Grissom
Marg Helgenberger ... Catherine Willows
Gary Dourdan ... Warrick Brown
George Eads ... Nick Stokes
Eric Szmanda ... Greg Sanders
Robert David Hall ... Al Robbins
Wallace Langham ... David Hodges
Paul Guilfoyle ... Captain Jim Brass
Jay Paulson ... Leo Finley / Dean James
David Meunier ... Boyd Waldrip
Raymond Cruz ... Donald Balboa
Ryan Simpkins ... Faith Waldrip
Jennifer Hall ... Nora O'Toole
Bobby Hosea ... Negotiator
Greg Fitzsimmons ... Self


Grissom leads the team in the investigation of a murdered 3-year-old child found in a cardboard box near a parking lot. The child died from a severe blow to the head and had chemical burns on much of her body. Catherine Willows in particular takes the death quite hard and will stop at nothing to find the killer. When the box she was found in is traced to a registered sex offender, Willows ignores other evidence that calls his guilt into question. Written by garykmcd

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Collateral Damage
21 February 2021 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

A toddler is found in a box on a boulevard. This jacks up the CSI's and Brass to catch the perpetrator. It gives us a look at something I think about from time to time. Does having a record give the authorities license to do anything they want to you if you happen to be a suspect. I know of an 18 year old in my home town who had consensual sex with a 17 year old. The parents of the girl pressed charges and he has been labeled a sex offender for his entire life. Yes, that's the law, but.... The CSI's are not the judge and jury but are often portrayed that way. Grissom is very clear on the limitations and the need for hard core evidence. This question comes into play here.

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10 April 2008 (USA) See more »

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